Act Three Scene One
A2S2>>> I'll find immediately.
Titania still lies asleep
Enter the Mechanicals.
A2S2--- I'll find immediately.
Are we all met?
--- we all met?
Pat, pat; and here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal. This green plot shall be our stage, this hawthorn-brake our tiring house; and we will do it in action, as we will do it before the Duke.
--- before the Duke.
--- Peter Quince?
What sayest thou, bully Bottom?
--- thou, bully Bottom?
There are things in this Comedy of Pyramus and Thisbe that will never please. First, Pyramus must draw a sword to kill himself; which the Ladies cannot abide. How answer you that?
--- answer you that?
Byrlakin, a parlous fear.
--- a parlous fear.
I belleve we must leave the killing out, when all is done.
--- all is done.
Not a whit; I have a device to make all well. Write me a Prologue, and let the Prologue seem to say we will do no harm with our swords, and that Pyramus is not killed indeed; and for the more better assurance, tell them that I, Pyramus, am not Pyramus, but Bottom the Weaver. This will put them out of fear.
--- out of fear.
Well, we will have such a Prologue; and it shall be written in eight and six.
--- eight and six.
No, make it two more; let it be written in eight and eight.
--- eight and eight.
Will not the Ladies be afeared of the Lion?
--- of the Lion?
I fear it, I promise you.
--- I promise you.
Masters, you ought to consider with yourselves; to bring in (God shield us!) a Lion among Ladies is a most dreadful thing; for there is not a more fearful wild fowl than your Lion living; and we ought to look to it.
--- look to it.
Therefore another Prologue must tell he is not a Lion.
--- not a Lion.
Nay, you must name his name, and half his face must be seen through the Lion's neck; and he himself must speak through, saying thus, or to the same defect: 'Ladies,' or 'Fair ladies, I would wish you,' or 'I would request you,' or 'I would entreat you, not to fear, not to
tremble: my life for yours! If you think I come hither as a Lion, it were pity of my life. No, I am no such thing; I am a man as other men are': and there, indeed, let him name his name, and tell him plainly he is Snug the joiner.
--- Snug the joiner.
Well, it shall be so. But there is two hard things: that is, to bring the Moon-light into a chamber; for you know, Pyramus and Thisbe meet by Moonlight.
--- meet by Moonlight.
Doth the Moon shine that night we play our play?
--- play our play?
A Calender, a Calender! Look in the Almanac; find out Moonshine, find out Moonshine.
>>> find out Moonshine.
--- find out Moonshine.
Yes, it doth shine that night.
--- shine that night.
Why, then may you leave a casement of the great chamber window, where we play, open; and the Moon may shine in at the casement.
--- at the casement.
Ay; or else one must come in with a bush of thorns and a lantern, and say he comes to disfigure or to present the person of Moonshine. Then there is another thing: we must have a wall in the great Chamber; for Pyramus and Thisbe, says the story, did talk through the chink of a wall.
--- of a wall.
You can never bring in a wall. What say you, Bottom?
--- say you, Bottom?
Some man or other must present wall; and let him have some Plaster, or some Loam, or some roughcast about him, to signify wall; or let him hold his fingers thus, and through that cranny shall Pyramus and Thisbe whisper.
--- and Thisbe whisper.
If that may be, then all is well. Come sit down, every mother's son, and rehearse your parts. Pyramus, you begin: when you have spoken your speech, enter into that Brake; and so every one according to his cue.
--- to his cue.
What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here,
So near the Cradle of the Fairy Queen?
What, a Play toward? I'll be an auditor,
An Actor too perhaps, if I see cause.
--- I see cause.
Speak Pyramus; Thisbe stand forth.
--- Thisbe stand forth.
Thisbe, the flowers of odious savours sweet.
--- odious savours sweet.
--- 'Odorous'! 'odorous'!
Odorous savours sweet;
So hath thy breath, my dearest Thisbe dear.
But hark, a voice! Stay thou but here awhile,
And by and by I will to thee appear.
>>> to thee appear.
--- to thee appear.
A stranger Pyramus, than e'er played here!
>>> e'er played here!
--- e'er played here!
Must I speak now?
--- I speak now?
Ay, marry, must you; for you must understand he goes but to see a noise that he heard, and is to come again.
--- to come again.
Most radiant Pyramus, most Lily white of hue,
Of colour like the red rose on triumphant briar,
Most brisky juvenal, and eke most lovely Jew,
As true as truest horse, that yet would never tire;
I'll meet thee, Pyramus, at Ninny's tomb.
--- at Ninny's tomb.
"Ninus' tomb" man! Why, you must not speak that yet; that you answer to Pyramus. You speak all your part at once, cues and all.
Pyramus, enter! Your cue is past; it is 'never tire'.
--- is 'never tire'.
O - as true as truest horse, that yet would never tire.
>>> would never tire.
Enter Puck and Pyramus with an Ass's head.
--- would never tire:
If I were fair, Thisbe, I were only thine.
--- were only thine.
O monstrous! O strange! We are haunted! Pray, masters! Fly, masters! Help.
>>> Fly, masters! Help.
The Mechanicals all Exit, leaving Bottom and Puck.
--- fly masters, help.
I'll follow you: I'll lead you about a Round!
Through bog, through bush, through brake, through briar;
Sometime a horse I'll be, sometime a hound,
A hog, a headless bear, sometime a fire,
And neigh, and bark, and grunt, and roar, and burn,
Like horse, hound, hog, bear, fire, at every turn.
>>> at every turn.
--- at every turn.
Why do they run away? This is a knavery of them to make me afeard.
>>> make me afeard.
--- make me afeard.
O Bottom, thou art changed! What do I see on thee?
>>> see on thee?
--- see on thee?
What do you see? You see an Ass-head of your own, do you?
>>> own, do you?
Enter Peter Quince.
--- own, do you?
Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee! Thou art translated.
>>> Thou art translated.
Exit Peter Quince.
--- thou art translated.
I see their knavery: this is to make an ass of me, to fright me, if they could. But I will not stir from this place, do what they can. I will walk up and down here, and I will sing, that they shall hear I am not afraid.
The Woosel cock, so black of hue,
With Orange-tawny bill,
The Throstle, with his note so true,
The Wren and little quill -
--- and little quill -
What Angel wakes me from my flowery bed?
--- my flowery bed?
The Finch, the Sparrow, and the Lark,
The plainsong Cuckoo gray;
Whose note full many a man doth mark,
And dares not answer, nay -
For indeed, who would set his wit to so foolish a bird? Who would give a bird the lie, though he cry 'Cuckoo' never so?
--- Cuckoo, never so?
I pray thee, gentle mortal, sing again:
Mine ear is much enamoured of thy note;
So is mine eye enthralled to thy shape;
And thy fair virtues force perforce doth move me
On the first view to say, to swear, I love thee.
--- I love thee.
Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that. And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. The more the pity that some honest neighbours will not make them friends. Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.
--- gleek upon occasion.
Thou art as wise, as thou art beautiful.
--- thou art beautiful.
Not so neither; but if I had wit enough to get out of this wood, I have enough to serve mine own turn.
--- mine own turn.
Out of this wood do not desire to go:
Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no.
I am a spirit of no common rate;
The Summer still doth tend upon my state;
And I do love thee: therefore go with me.
I'll give thee Fairies to attend on thee;
And they shall fetch thee jewels from the deep,
And sing, while thou on pressed flowers dost sleep:
And I will purge thy mortal grossness so,
That thou shalt like an airy spirit go.
Peaseblossom! Cobweb! Moth! and Mustardseed!
>>> Moth! and Mustardseed!
Enter Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, Mustard.
--- Moth! and Mustardseed!
--- and I,
--- and I,
Where shall we go?
--- shall we go?
Be kind and courteous to this Gentleman;
Hop in his walks, and gambol in his eyes;
Feed him with Apricocks and Dewberries,
With purple Grapes, green Figs, and Mulberries;
The honey-bags steal from the humble Bees,
And for night-tapers crop their waxen thighs,
And light them at the fiery Glow-worms' eyes,
To have my love to bed, and to arise;
And pluck the wings from painted Butterflies
To fan the Moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.
Nod to him, Elves, and do him courtesies.
--- do him courtesies.
Hail mortal, hail.
--- Hail mortal, hail.
I cry your worships mercy, heartily. I beseech your worship's name?
--- your worship's name?
I shall desire you of more acquaintance, good Master Cobweb: if I cut my finger, I shall make bold with you. Your name, honest Gentleman?
--- name, honest Gentleman?
I pray you, commend me to mistress Squash, your mother, and to master Peascod, your father. Good
master Peaseblossom, I shall desire of you more acquaintance too. Your name I beseech you sir?
--- beseech you sir?
Good master Mustardseed, I know your patience well. That same cowardly giant-like Ox-beef hath devoured many a gentleman of your house: I promise you, your kindred hath made my eyes water ere now. I desire you more acquaintance, good Master Mustardseed.
--- good Master Mustardseed.
Come, wait upon him; lead him to my bower.
The Moon, methinks, looks with a watery eye,
And when she weeps, weep every little flower,
Lamenting some enforced chastity.
Tie up my lover's tongue, bring him silently.
>>> bring him silently.